Our Visit To Mochi Donut

Julie Tran

Americans are obsessed with donuts. From the debate for the superior donut, Krispy Kreme, Shipley’s Donuts, and Dunkin’ Donuts have nothing on this Japanese American Hybrid, Mochi Donut.

Last month another Instagram worthy food made its way to Texas. Mochinut, a chain based in California, opened its first store in Houston, Texas. Located in Bellaire, Mochinut resides in the same building as other popular chains such as Sul Bing Su (Korean Shaved Ice) and Korean Hotdog Chung Chun.

The soft chewy texture of the mochi will change the way you think about the traditional donut. With unique flavors such as Cafe Sua Da (Vietnamese Coffee), Matcha, Churro, Thai Tea, etc. Mochinut changes their flavors every two days to keep things fresh and interesting. The owner, Sunny, says that she comes up with flavors based on how she feels and on different flavor combinations that she is curious about trying.

Sunny, spoke with me about her plans for Mochinut and with the second Bing Su and Chung Chun location being in Katy, she plans to bring Mochinut to Katy as well! In a month’s time, Sunny has been able to bring people together to enjoy this experience together, keep business booming, as well as open a new location next month.

When I first tried the donut, it was truly like nothing I have ever tried before. The dough was bouncy and chewy, definitely not what I expected from a donut. I have seen many copy-cats on this mochi donut recipe, but they always seem to fall short. However, Mochinut has exceeded my expectations!

Aside from mochi donuts, this place is also home to the well-loved Korean hotdog. Options include a plain hot dog, a hot dog wrapped in crispy fried potatoes, a mozzarella cheese hotdog, a cheddar cheese hot dog, an all mozzarella version, a sweet potato hot dog, a version with sausage, a squid ink and mozzarella cheese hot dog, a spicy sausage “volcano” hot dog, and a hot dog rolled with fried ramen toppings.

These Korean hotdogs are fresh and hot when you get them, dusted with sugar, and topped with any sauce you want! The perfect combination of sweet and salty! You can enjoy these how they are or if you want a little kick, order the tteokbokki (spicy rice cake)!

Need something refreshing to cool you off from the Texas heat? Bing Su is also sold here! A mountain of freshly shaved milk ice topped with either fruit or Oreos will satisfy your cravings. All of the fruit is fresh and the ice cream is extremely creamy! Perfect for the heat and not overly too sweet! This place truly is a one-stop-shop. With so many options, you are bound to find something that you like here!

Even though lines are usually long here, I promise it is worth the wait. I ended up driving from Austin to Houston just to eat here and it did not disappoint! I cannot wait for the new location in Katy to open so that I can come back to Houston! If you are ever in Houston, be sure to stop by to see what all the hype is about for yourself! Did I also mention…. Instagramable cheese pull??

Follow them on Instagram for daily flavors as well as updates on future openings!

Who knows? Maybe there will be one in your area!